Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites, January 13th

This week I have been blessed with the beauty of ordinary days. Following the holidays and my son's wedding last Saturday, it finally feels like the new year is ready to begin.

 This week's Friday Fave Five --

1.  The excitement and pure joy of Joe and Sam's wedding lingered into the week. It's been hard coming down off that cloud! I returned to work on Tuesday, which was a reality check. I finally took down the rest of the Christmas decorations here at home. As much as I love the high points of life and the celebrations -- they give us momentum to get through the tough times -- I do love my ordinary days.

2.  My dad came by for tea earlier this week.  He is doing amazingly well after having knee replacement surgery less than a month ago.  He even danced at the wedding!

3.  The new practice management software at work is operating smoothly. In the long run, it will make my job easier. I'm feeling pretty good about how I've been able to transition to this new program -- being the "non-techie" person that I am!

4.  Flavored balsamic vinegar.  On Wednesday, I whipped together a supper of chicken breasts, sauteed with mushrooms, onions and a bit of celery.  Flavored with cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar, topped with cherry tomatoes, served on rice -- to die for.

5.  One of my Christmas presents was a series of books by Mary Coley.  She writes mysteries that are set in the Pawhuska, Oklahoma, area. The first one was such a good read, and I've already started on the next one.

How was your week?



Faith said...

oh yeah!! A new to me mystery author to look into during my next trip to the library!! I love reading!! Glad you are enjoying some days of reading good books.

Yay for smooth days at work.

That's great about your son's wedding and that your dad could dance at it! What a special time!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend....could you share the dressing recipe or did you buy that? sounds delish!!

Mereknits said...

Great things to be thankful for. Hugs!

Dianna said...

I'm with you on loving your ordinary days!

How special to have your dad come for tea one day. I'm glad that he is doing so well after his knee replacement surgery and that he was able to dance at the wedding!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Barbara H. said...

Glad your dad is doing so well! And that you are doing well with the new software. I'm not very techie, either, so I appreciate when software is easy to use. I haven't experimented much with flavored vinegar, but that sounds good. We took Christmas stuff down, too. I like special days and changes in routine, but I like getting back to ordinary days, too.

Willow said...

I will definitely be looking for that mystery writer!
Hurray for weddings, and tea with your dad and compatibility with new software!
Have a great weekend!

Susanne said...

I totally get what you mean about coming off a wedding cloud back to the reality of work. It's almost like you need a vacation to recuperate and ease in. Ha. So glad to hear that your dad's surgery and recuperation are coming along so well. I am so not a techie so having user friendly software is definitely a blessing. Experimenting with different flavored balsamic vinegars is fun and yummy. Your dinner sounds delicious. And I'm definitely going to look for that flavor.

Melinda said...

Sounds like great times!

M : )

Mildred said...

Hi Karen, Browsing thru your posts this evening. I love the photo of you and your Pop Pop in 1959. I was born in 57, so we must be about the same age. Thank you so much for sharing about these mystery books. They are my favorite reads! Thankful to read that your dad is doing well following his surgery.